#Review: A Cupid in London, by Tom Caval

Title: A Cupid in London
Author: Tom Caval
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is our first Valentine’s Day together, so it has to be extremely special.

Harry is excited about his first Valentine’s Day with his boyfriend Will, who helped him get over a broken heart.

To be on time, he’s willing to do anything. He’ll even get on the bus dressed in a ridiculous costume that draws more than a few looks, while carrying a box of pink cupcakes.

But when he arrives home, ready to start the special evening in a sexy way, Harry’s jaw drops when he realizes that Will is not alone …

Single or not, treat yourself with this a funny and unapologetically cheesy gay Valentine’s short story, full of tender and unexpected moments.” (description from Goodreads)

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I had this story sitting on my Kindle for a few months. I needed a short read to have with my coffee this morning and I’m glad this was the story I picked up.

It’s a quick read. It’s a light read. But it’s also carrying a strong message. Acceptance and being open minded is how we should all be, especially when it comes to family. I liked how the scene between Noah’s father, Will, and Harry played out. It was a confrontation without a perfect outcome, but it still may have planted a seed for a better future for the family and for Noah. I’d like to see where this leads if the story is to continue later on.

I’m going to have to check out more of Caval’s work after reading this one. I have a feeling I’ll being enjoying it.

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

After years of dating men, Tom still considers himself as one who’s far from being an expert in the love domain; yet, being courageous, he continues to evolve and learns a bit about himself in the process.

Endowed with a creative mind and a witty perspective of a real world where one can have their fantasies come alive, his ingenuity with words, guy stories and the human nature, motivates him to put together his experiences into fiction-laced writing.

When he is not putting his characters into real trouble, Tom collects inspiration for his stories from his (and his friends) dating life, pop culture, reading Gay comedy romance, and exploring the nightlife. Tom’s idols are Sophie Kinsella, Candance Bushnell and Truman Capote.

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Happy #ValentinesDay! Want a #free #poem?

Four years ago today, I released my poem I WOULD. It was a Valentine’s Day poem I wrote for my then girlfriend (now fiancé), but I felt the world could benefit from reading it. So I published it and made sure it was free for anyone who wanted to read it.

I don’t have anything new for you today, but I’m sure some of you may have missed this poem over the last few years. Some of you are new readers. Some may just have not seen that I Would is out there. Today may be a good day to read the poem. Or at least grab a copy!

And if you end up enjoying it enough, I want to let you in on a secret (not so much a secret since it’s in the book’s description): I Would is a bonus poem in the latest paperback editions of From Where I Stand! So if you wanted to have this one on paper, that’s the only way to get it. And you also get my debut collection along with it. Seems like a win-win to me (the unbiased author, wink). Don’t worry, the book isn’t very expensive. It’s $5.99 for a copy. It’s pretty much the lowest I can price it and still make some royalties on it…not much, but a little bit.

Find more about the poem, and how to get it free (or in print for a small fee) below. And I hope you enjoy and please spread the word!

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I Would

I Would, is a short poem that touches on the difficulties of being in a long distance relationship. Yet, with the difficulties there are always hopes of a reunion on the horizon.

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This book is ALWAYS FREE

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And if you wanted to buy From Where I Stand which includes I Would in print, find it here:


(p.s. – Yes, From Where I Stand is available on Amazon, too. But if you like supporting authors, buy directly from Createspace. Royalties are a good deal more on CS than through Amazon since it’s another level of distribution on Amz. Just a heads up. No one really likes talking about that stuff, but every little bit helps us all.)

Themed Book Recommendations: Big List of Romance

I’ve been doing these Themed Book Recommendations posts for awhile now. I hope you enjoy them. I do. And I enjoy the reader input I get from making them. That’s why, again, I’ve enlisted the help of any reader who wanted to help expand this list. Turns out there’s a lot of romance readers out there (heavy on the sarcasm, we know it’s huge!)

In the past, I’ve posted lists of various Romance subgenre recommendations. Today’s list is a little different. I wanted to have books from Romance in general to give everyone a variety of genres, hopefully decades of publication, and authors. And also, Tuesday is Valentine’s Day!

So sit back, enjoy the list, and hopefully you’ll end up discovering a book you enjoy up loving. And please, please, PLEASE don’t hesitate to add to this list by commenting with your recommendations!



Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

Story Time Friday – It’s Valentine’s Day…Again

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Hope you enjoy this second week of V-Day “celebration” on Story Time Friday. And hope you’re enjoying the series so far. I’m surprised I’ve gone this long without missing a week…even if I’m pulling out old work to get it done, haha.

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day (For Those Who Can’t Resist)

by Robert Zimmermann

It’s a commercial affair:

“Come get your cards.
Come buy flowers and bears!

“Be mine!
Kiss me!
Marry me!

Money greed sucking joy,
taking the meaning out of Love.
It’s not the same for you and me.

Go buy our their stock of cards,
hearts of chocolate,
and the jewelry stores.
I’ll be here laughing,
at least to myself,
since my Love knows how I feel
all year long.
She needs no reminder
on one specific day.

Be random.
Kiss daily.
Feed her sweet tooth
(at any time,
not just with candy hearts.)

– P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day

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For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip on in 😛 ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

#ValentinesDay…Scratch that: #Poetry Day

Happy (recently invented by me) Poetry Day!

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That’s right folks! Today we’re going to celebrate something that truly matters in today’s world. We’re going to, once again, bring the focus back to poetry! I’m not trying to step on Valentine’s Day’s toes…well maybe I am…I’m just trying to help out some fellow poets and possibly get more people to turn to poetry every now and then.

This “holiday” is normally filled with chocolate and cards that have semi-meaningful verse written within them. There’s nothing evil about this, but here’s a great idea if you still need to run to the store for a card…make one! Write what you feel about your love interest with your own words (even if it sounds bad, it’ll be from the heart)! That’s what I did last year.

A year ago today, I published a simple poem called I WouldYou’ll find it below with the other poems/collections to take a look at. I didn’t just share this poem with the world by publishing it (and putting it out for free…go grab it, great price *wink wink*). I also wrote it down, printed out the cover, and glued it all together into a one of the kind poetry book/card/thingy for my girlfriend. I’m a struggling (read as broke-ass) author but this was a great, one-of-a-kind gift and any of your can do it as well.

Ok, enough of me preaching about a way you can probably get lucky tonight, but try it. You might be surprised 😉

So here’s what the day’s really about on A Life Among the Pages: You’ll find many books of poetry listed below and places you can find them if you think they look good. If you end up liking one, letting the poetry/author know if always appreciated, especially with poetry. It’s always a hard sell, so feedback is precious 🙂

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D.E.E.L – Painted Mind

Painted Mind is a poetry collection that includes words that unmask the reality, enter heartbreak, and deface pain.


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Angel Shadow – Wicked Winds

Wicked Winds is a book about healing; the healing of individuals and humanity as a whole. It is about acceptance and release. The poetry in this book speaks from the heart and captures the author’s emotions from different points in time. Some are intense and deep, while others are emotional and vulnerable. These poems will make you think.


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Ben Ditmars – Night Poems

Night Poems takes on the seasons at every hour of the dark. There’s a subtle energy, bordering malaise and mystery that comes to life. Don’t miss the peculiar observations or the striking truths as the clock winds down.

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Helle Gade – Northern Whispers

Northern Whispers is a collection of Helle Gade’s three first poetry collection’s:

Silent Dreams, Nocturnal Embers and Savage Rose.

They revolve around all aspects of the authors life such as love, pain, joy, Nordic mythology and much more. The authors own photography accompanies many of the poems in Nocturnal Embers and Savage Rose, enhancing the feel of the poetry.


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Amber Jerome~Norrgard – Six Hundred and Twenty~Nine Miles to Sanity

Bestselling Independent Author Amber Jerome~Norrgard’s second three poetry collections of 2013 are included in this collection: The Cusp of Nightfall’s Caress, Under the Moonlight, and Daybreak.


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Maureen Flynn – My Heart’s Choir Sings

My Heart's Choir SingsA eulogy and a verse novella. Grief, guilt, redemption. How do you go on in a world without your other half?

Think Ted Hughes Birthday Letters meets Dorothy Porter’s verse novels and you’d have My Heart’s Choir Sings. This is the story of Stewart Hinchcliffe, a writer and an artist who loses his lover and fellow creative in tragic circumstances. As he cleans out their old apartment, each new object brings back bittersweet memories. Throughout the 25 poem sequence, grief, guilt and anger color his memories. Who is to blame for what happened? Where did everything go wrong? And how on earth does Stuart move on from his past?

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Robert Zimmermann – I Would

I WouldI Would, is a short poem that touches on the difficulties of being in a long distance relationship. Yet, with the difficulties there are always hopes of a reunion on the horizon.

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Have any books of poetry that you’d like to suggest checking out? Please let me and everyone else know in the comments on this post 🙂

#Review: Hearts and Llamas, by @TaraSivec

Title: Hearts and Llamas (Chocolate Lovers #3.5)Hearts and Llamas
Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Short Story.

Join the Chocolate Lovers gang as they celebrate Valentine’s Day in their usual fashion – with hair pulling, cage fighting, and farm animals!” (description from Goodreads)

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Having recently finished the Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec, I jumped right into Hearts and Llamas in order to keep the hilarious characters and antics fresh in my mind.

The only real complaint I have with this story is that…it ended. That’s what reading the series does to a reader. I enjoyed Sivec’s books and this story so much that I’m sad there is no more (at least as of now). This story, while it’s short in length, gives readers a little more enjoyment and keeps with the spirit of the three novels by not lacking in being outrageous and hilarious.

The characters I grew to love are all in here, along with a llama. It’s a great little Valentine’s themed story for anyone looking to laugh. Just be sure to have read the series first, or I don’t think a reader would be able to fully appreciate (or be prepared for) the comedy that is the Chocolate Lovers Series.

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If you’d like to grab your own copy of Hearts and Llamas it can be found from:

Smashwords (free at time of posting)
Amazon ($0.99)

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About the Author:

Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec where she can be serious, suspenseful and not at all funny.

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Review: Cristal Blue, by Suzy Ayers

Title: Cristal BlueCristal Blue
Author: Suzy Ayers
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Word count 5023
Cristal Blue is a one night stand kind of girl, who picks up her willing victims at the bar she works at.

It’s been far too long since she’s found a man to bend at her will, to please her. And it doesn’t seem like tonight, Valentine’s Day, she will find anyone either. Everyone will be out with their sweethearts. Hmmm…yum who is this eye candy?

Tonight though, this Mistress is surprised to find herself losing her hardened edge…

–See the title Sweet Treats for her happily ever after.–

Contains explicit and graphic sex as well as light BSDM themes. 18+” (description from Goodreads)


If you’re looking for a sexy read with a well-written power struggle, Cristal Blue might be the story for you.

Ayers sets up the character Cristal Blue as the dominant in all her sexual encounters, but things don’t go as planned this particular night, Valentine’s Day. The guy she brings home with her affects her in ways that challenge her normal role in the bedroom. While there’s a power struggle between who’s dominant during the encounter, there’s also the struggle between what Cristal normally wants and what her body is allowing to take place. That made the story that much more enjoyable for me.

There’s not much more to say about this because it’s short and I’d be spoiling the rest for you, but it’s made me check out more of Ayers works, and I’m currently reading (and enjoying) her follow-up to Cristal Blue, Sweet Treats.


If you’d like to read this story, you can find it for FREE from the following stores:
*free at the time of posting*

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About the Author:

I grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and a lot of my romance novels are based in the New England area. I’m a wife and currently a stay at home mom.

I write romance across many genres including: Fantasy, Paranormal and Erotic. I have some erotic short stories that twist into happily ever after’s. My writing is focused around love, although not always in the conventional way.

I love to read and devour books at a rapid pace. I’m also passionate about music; you’ll find me singing everywhere. I’m that mom in the SUV singing next to you. When I remember, I practice yoga. I love to laugh and be surrounded by people who make me laugh. My other creative outlet is cooking.

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